PLATH (SYLVIA) The Wellesleyan. The Yearbook of the Gamaliel Bradford Senior High School, Wellesley, Massachusetts, INSCRIBED BY SYLVIA PLATH BESIDE HER PHOTOGRAPH with a note to her close friend Patricia O'Neil, [1950]
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PLATH (SYLVIA)
The Wellesleyan. The Yearbook of the Gamaliel Bradford Senior High School, Wellesley, Massachusetts, INSCRIBED BY SYLVIA PLATH BESIDE HER PHOTOGRAPH with a note to her close friend Patricia O'Neil, [1950]
Sold for £ 1,875 (US$ 2,489) inc. premium

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The Property of Frieda Hughes
PLATH (SYLVIA) The Wellesleyan. The Yearbook of the Gamaliel Bradford Senior High School, Wellesley, Massachusetts, INSCRIBED BY SYLVIA PLATH BESIDE HER PHOTOGRAPH with a note to her close friend Patricia O'Neil, [1950]
PLATH (SYLVIA)
The Wellesleyan. The Yearbook of the Gamaliel Bradford Senior High School, Wellesley, Massachusetts, INSCRIBED BY SYLVIA PLATH BESIDE HER PHOTOGRAPH with a note to her close friend Patricia O'Neil, photographs and illustrations (several relating to Plath), publisher's red cloth, slightly rubbed, upper hinge split, 4to, [1950]

Footnotes

  • The yearbook of Bradford Senior High School, where Plath graduated First in her class in 1950. Beside her own photo portrait she has written "Dear Pat - Leaves & sun, pine needles and hamburgs - all this and the best friend a girl could ever have". Three other students have also signed the book (one "To Patty").

    "Pat" is almost certainly Patricia O'Neil, Sylvia's closest school friend, mentioned in letters to her mother and others upwards of forty times from 1950 to 1956, and to whom in a letter dated 27 May 1956 Plath revealed the "Best news of all, and very new & secret, which I can't resist sharing with you, is that next June I'll be bringing home a brilliant, rugged Yorkshire poet by the name of Ted Hughes... I fell in love with Ted's poems before I met him...". In two of the group photographs in the Yearbook Sylvia and Pat are standing beside each other, and their facsimile signatures are side by side on the endpaper spread of graduates' names. The Yearbook also includes a full-page reproduction of one of Plath's drawings, and a photograph of her as a child. See above for the original portrait reproduced in this volume.
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